Jacqueline Alvarez

Jacqueline Alvarez

Assoc Dean of Students and Dir of the Counseling Center

Scott House

Jacqueline Alvarez directs the Counseling Center. She received her BA in psychology and sociology from the University of Notre Dame and her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.  She has worked at several colleges and universities, including the University of Texas at Austin, Gustavus Adolphus College, and Oregon State University. She often works within a solution-focused framework, and her approach to therapyis integrative, drawing heavily on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and developmental, feminist, and systems theories. Some areas of particular clinical interest include understanding complex intersections of identity and culture, healing shame, perfectionism, depression and anxiety, and family chaos/dysfunction. She enjoys working collaboartively with students to deepen their understanding of  themselves, develop close, connected relationships, have a rich sense of purpose in the world, and experience a sense of thriving in thier lives. 

Sarah J. Erickson

Sarah J. Erickson

Associate Director of the Counseling Center

Hitchcock House

Sarah J. Erickson received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Sarah has a broad range of experience having worked in inpatient, community mental health, and college settings. Her theoretical orientation integrates psychodynamic, developmental, cognitive behavioral, narrative, multicultural, and systems theories; however, she believes that the relationship is the most important aspect of therapy. Sarah has particular interest in work that encompasses identity development and the intersections of identity, white privilege, trauma, adjustment, anxiety, family dysfunction, self-care, depression, and sexual orientation, and assistance with the integration of newly diagnosed mental illness into one's self-concept.

Garrett O. Fitzgerald

Garrett O. Fitzgerald

Program Director for Mental Health Promotion

Garrett Fitzgerald received his M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Marywood University and has since worked in a variety of higher-ed settings across the Northeast. Garrett has over ten years of experience working in college mental health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on the role of drugs and alcohol on the college campus. He works within a holistic health framework and leverages public health models to advance to work of mental health promotion and support on campus. He believes in the role of the community in creating a supportive environment for growth and success, and is committed to personal and professional growth around issues of inequality, oppression, and marginalization. Garrett supports the work of the Student Wellness Team and offers a variety of trainings, workshops and programs on behalf of the Counseling Center.

Jordan D. Barnard

Jordan D. Barnard

Staff Counselor

Jordan Barnard completed his Psy.D in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hartford. He completed his internship and a post-doctoral fellowship (with a concentration in psychological assessment) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Jordan spent 4 years at Penn State University prior to coming to Amherst College. In addition to his work in collegiate mental health, Jordan has done rotations within inpatient mental health settings, rehabilitation hospitals, the juvenile court system, and VA healthcare. Jordan's clinical interests include working with student-athletes, men's health, gender identity and intersection of multiple identities, social justice issues, training and supervision of psychology, and the use of psychological assessment during the therapeutic process. His orientation is integrative in nature with themes from time-limited dynamic psychotherapy, motivational interviewing, solution-focused, acceptance and commitment, and narrative therapy.

Lola Brown

Lola Brown

Staff Counselor

Annery Lola Brown received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Springfield College. She has previously worked at the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department and Community Substance Abuse Centers, Baystate Medical Center, and Providence Behavioral Health Hospital. She was instrumental in implementing a grant-funded program at Baystate Medical Center that addressed substance use disorder and pregnancy. She has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Elms College and Holyoke Community College. Fluent in Spanish and English, she provides clinical services in both languages. Her clinical and therapeutic works encompass the fields of addiction, trauma, chronic mental illness, domestic violence and mood disorders. Her theoretical orientation integrates psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, strength-focused, feminist and systems theory. Her varied clinical interests include positive psychology, narrative psychology, identity development, anxiety, depression and self-care. Lola enjoys working collaboratively with individuals to self-advocate, build resiliency and explore an individual’s infinite potential to author and narrate their own stories.

Laura A. Fusari

Laura A. Fusari

Interpersonal Violence and Traumatic Stress Specialist

Hitchcock House

Laura Fusari received her B.A. in Psychology from Amherst College and her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work.  She has experience in hospital, community, residential, and outpatient settings, doing assessments as well as individual, couples, group, and family work. She is particularly interested in issues related to sexual respect and has experience working with trauma, sexual assault, and domestic violence issues. She also enjoys working within a holistic approach to manage issues related to anxiety, depression, self-harm, and chronic mental illness. Her clinical orientation is psychodynamic, holistic, and strengths focused. She also integrates extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) into her work. She enjoys working collaboratively with the individual to self-advocate effectively within larger systems.

Meg Kroeplin

Clinical Case Manager

Meg Kroeplin earned her Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Studies and Women’s Studies from the University of Massachusetts —  Amherst, and her Master’s in Social Work from Springfield College. As Clinical Case Manager, Meg works collaboratively with students, staff, and faculty to identify individual needs, address gaps and barriers, and pursue pragmatic solutions. She helps students who are seeking care off-campus or at home, and provides urgent and crisis appointments. Meg is committed to examining how class, privilege, disability, and other identities intersect and influence students' experience of college and mental health. Before joining the Counseling Center, Meg worked at Valley Medical Group in Amherst. She provided integrated therapy in a primary care practice, helping patients address anxiety, grief, health disparities, adjustment to chronic illness, and substance use. Previously, Meg had a private practice and directed Community Partners, an organization pivotal in bringing health care reform to the Commonwealth and nationwide.
 
Darien F. McFadden

Darien F. McFadden

Psychotherapist, Counseling Center.

Hitchcock House

Darien F.S. McFadden, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist received his BA in psychology and English Literature from Colgate University and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his doctoral internship at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Center for Counseling and Psychological Health.  Darien initially worked at the Amherst College Counseling Center from 1992 to 1998. Following that, he worked at Behavioral Health Network/Pioneer Valley Mental Health Services in Springfield, MA. and later, at Hampshire College Counseling Services, before returning to Amherst in 2006. Darien's varied clinical interests include college mental health, identity development and awareness, sexual orientation, gender, and coming-out issues, conflicts around race, culture and ethnicity, male body-image, family systems, depression, and self-care.

Wenzhen Zhu

Wenzhen Zhu

Staff Counselor

Wenzhen Zhu received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She has experience working at different settings including university counseling centers, psychology department clinic, and a community mental health clinic that serves survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Wenzhen’s clinical interests include working with international students, students of color, sexual and relational trauma survivors, identity and personal development, eating concerns and body image concerns. In therapy, she utilizes psychodynamic and relational approaches to understand the complex process of therapy and the interpersonal patterns of people, integrating multicultural and social justice lens. She believes therapeutic relationship as the fundamental factor in therapy and strive to create a safe environment for people to freely engage in self exploration. She also works to understand the role of cultural and sociopolitical contexts in shaping people’s self-image and mental health. She provides therapy in both English and Mandarin.

Zamir Nestelbaum

Staff Psychiatrist

Scott House

Zamir Nestelbaum is a licensed psychiatrist. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc., and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Nestelbaum has his MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and an MPH from the University of Michigan. He has held a variety of leadership positions, including chief of Psychiatry at community hospitals. He has spent many years teaching psychiatric residents and medical students. In addition, he has spent his entire career seeing outpatients in various settings, which has included work with college students. Dr. Nestelbaum believes strongly in a biopsychosocial model of treatment that emphasizes that every person is a unique individual. He believes strongly in a collaborative model of treatment with other therapists and specialists.

Dora C. Alicea Lozada

Office Manager

Scott House
Abigail R. Carr

Abigail R. Carr

Medical Assistant for Mental H